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[alac] FW: [alac-admin] note on bylaws

  • To: Interim ALAC <alac@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [alac] FW: [alac-admin] note on bylaws
  • From: Denise Michel <denisemichel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 16:45:56 -0800

Reminder: please provide any comments or concerns you may have regarding the
draft ALAC statement on the proposed bylaws before 22 February.  (Erick's
requested change regarding the descriptionof LatinoamerICANN will be


>The ALAC has had a limited amount of (email) discussion about the proposed
>bylaw changes. Although not all ALAC members have addressed this issues,
>those that have would like to leave the bylaw language concerning At-Large
>Structures and Regional At-Large Organizations as open as
>possible, with the
>understanding that details will be addressed in the RALO's MoUs with ICANN,
>and that the ALAC and ICANN will be responsible for ensuring that the MoU
>meets basic criteria for involving individual Internet users and advancing
>their interests within ICANN.
>While the ALAC wants to make clear and irrevocable that the RALOs and
>At-Large Structures represent the voices of individuals, not organizations,
>the Committee does not want a formalism in the bylaws to block
>of groups that genuinely represent individuals but also accept
>organizational/corporate members.  The ALAC acknowledges that
>ICANN needs to
>be mindful of two possible scenarios: an individuals-only policy
>blocks ISOC
>chapters and other individual participation, or lack of such a policy
>permits some company to "organize"  an At-Large Structure and capture its
>RALO.  The ALAC thinks the problem of preventing organizational capture
>should be left to the RALOs in the first instance; and that too detailed a
>policy may hamper the groups most effectively representing individuals.
>In addition to some ISOC chapters, there is concern that some of the groups
>listed below, which could be considered potential candidates for
>At-Large Structures, could not fully participate under the proposed bylaws
>(these are hypothetical expamples only):
>- Association for Internet Professionals (AIP)
>has both individual and corporate memberships
>- ISOC ECC  and CECUA have only organizational members and have asked to be
>included as At-Large Structures (although it is not clear why they should
>receive this delegation rather than each of their members being
>delegated an
>- www.stikom.edu and LatinoamerICANN
>(http://www.latinoamericann.derecho.org.ar/index.php) - provide individuals
>with news, education, and community discussion on issues relevant to
>At-Large, but do not have memberships
>- Arab Knowledge Management Society (www.akms.org) - non profit education
>service addressing "digital divide issues" with no memberships
>- Institute for Study of Information Tech and Society --
>http://communityconnections.heinz.cmu.edu/insites/about --  nonprofit group
>for teaching, research and public outreach on information
>technology policy,
>has corporate members/supporters
>- Consumers' Union/Consumer Policy Institute
>(http://www.consumersunion.org/aboutcu/about.htm) and EPIC (Electronic
>Privacy Information Center) (http://www.epic.org/) -- have some compatible
>objectives, involve individuals in their policy development and other
>activities, and could contribute to ICANN policy/issue debates, but are not
>membership organizations
>With this in mind, the ALAC is considering the following draft language:
>        (h) Each RALO shall be comprised of self-supporting At-Large
>        Structures within its Geographic Region, certified to meet
>        the requirements of the RALO's Memorandum of Understanding
>        with ICANN according to paragraph 4(i) of this Section.  If
>        so provided by its memorandum of understanding with ICANN, a
>        RALO may also have as its members individual Internet users
>        who are citizens or residents of countries within the RALO's
>        Geographic Region. Any RALO must, through its at-large
>        structures or through direct membership, be open for
>        participation of all individual Internet users who are
>        citizens or residents of countries within the RALO's
>        Geographic Region (as defined in Section 5 of Article VI).
>        (i) The ALAC is responsible for certifying organizations as
>        meeting the criteria and standards for At-Large Structures.
>        The criteria and standards for certification of At-Large
>        Structures within a each Geographic Region shall be
>        established by the Board and based on recommendations of the
>        ALAC, so that each RALO is afforded the type of structure
>        that best fits its Geographic Region's customs and
>        characteristics. Those criteria and standards shall be
>        stated in the Memorandum of Understanding between ICANN and
>        the RALO for that Geographic Region. They shall ensure that
>        At-Large Structures appropriately represent and involve
>        individual Internet users who are citizens or residents of
>        the RALO's geographical region. Decisions to certify or
>        de-certify an At-Large Structure as meeting the applicable
>        criteria and standards shall require a 2/3 vote of all the
>        members of the ALAC and shall be subject to review according
>        to procedures the Board may establish. The ALAC may also
>        give advice as to whether a prospective At-Large Structure
>        meets the applicable criteria and standards.
>Please let us know if you need any further information or assistance.
>Vittorio Bertola
>ALAC Chair

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